OS X 10.12 Will Allow Users To Unlock Their Macs Using iPhone’s Touch ID – Report

Uzair Ghani
Posted May 19, 2016
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Details regarding OS X 10.12 have slowly started to surface, with a new report suggesting that Apple is working on a feature which will allow users to unlock their Mac using iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Touch ID Unlocking Is Coming To The Mac With OS X 10.12

OS X 10.12 is bound for an announcement at WWDC 2016 next month. And a short while back, we got wind of news that Apple would be bringing Siri to the Mac, with a screenshot just surfacing a couple of days back confirming that notion. Today, we have new bit of information regarding Apple’s next-gen desktop operating system, with news suggesting that the Cupertino giant is working on a feature which would allow users to unlock their Mac using iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

While this piece of news is extremely awesome at face value, but at the same time it debunks the rumor that Apple could be bringing Touch ID to the Mac on a hardware level. Instead, the Cupertino giant has a way of bridging its security measure on its smartphone with the desktop instead. MacRumors has this to say regarding how the feature would work:

The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will presumably work similarly to the automatic unlocking function on the Apple Watch, which allows an unlocked iPhone to bypass the passcode restriction on a connected Apple Watch. In this scenario, an iPhone’s Touch ID button would likely be used as a verification method for simpler logins.

The report goes on to state that even if the iPhone is not in the equation, users will be able to unlock their Mac using their Apple Watch using a passcode, which is a very handy layer of security in itself. Furthermore, it’s being expected that the Touch ID / Apple Watch tie-in would allow for Apple Pay to finally arrive on OS X, with purchases being confirmed directly from the connected smartphone or wearable.

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It would be interesting to see how Apple goes about announcing the above rumored feature. There’s a chance the company will take a different route on how things are handled on the security front, and it remains to be seen how secure this method will actually be in protecting our data on the Mac. But given Touch ID’s watertight security credentials, we’re certain this new addition is going to be a massive hit among users who are in the ownership of a Touch ID-enabled iPhone as well as an Apple Watch.

Do let us know in the comments section below what you make of this report.

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